Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program at Penn State Abington offers a broad education that is designed to teach you the dynamics and functions of the American criminal justice system.

You will learn basic research methods for investigating issues that can help prepare you for careers with the justice system. Additionally, the program fosters skills in oral and written communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and policy analysis.

Academic Options

Abington offers both bachelor of arts (B.A.) and bachelor of science (B.S.) degrees in Criminal Justice.

  • B.A. program offers diverse coursework to examine criminal justice foundations and practices, and includes foreign language study.
  • B.S. degree includes skills enhancement courses, which are often used in pursuing a minor.

Career Opportunities

A degree in criminal justice provides strong preparation for a growing market in a variety of field including:

  • law enforcement
  • courts
  • corrections
  • probation and parole

You may also choose to pursue a law degree or enroll in master's and doctoral programs.

Dr. Manohar Singh
Division Head, Social Sciences

Stacey Braun"I had the chance to travel to England as part of the Criminal Justice curriculum at Penn State Abington. It's such a different climate than in the United States. Not only did I learn their culture. I made memories there that I'll have for life." - Stacey Braun, Class of 2013

Internship Opportunities

Local police departments
District attorneys offices
Law firms
Juvenile facilities
Victim services
Private investigation
Social service agencies
Federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency; the Drug Enforcement Agency; Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; U.S. Customs